Curry on George Floyd and the “Fake Outrage” of Academic Philosophy


“The fake outrage of academic philosophy amazes me.”

Those are the words of Tommy J. Curry, professor of philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, in a recent public Facebook post.

Frank Bowling, “Middle Passage”

Professor Curry specializes in critical race studies, social and political philosophy, and black male studies, and is the author of The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood. Readers may recall that Professor Curry was the target of racist harassment and death threats while he was a professor at Texas A & M (see also here and here).

Here’s the full post:

The fake outrage of academic philosophy amazes me. Let’s ask ourselves something for the last 6 years we have had verifiable evidence that what happened to George Floyd happens to almost 300 Black men every year… how many panels have been held at APAs or organizational conferences addressing the murder of Black men and boys in the United States.

Now ask yourselves: How many panels have been held about MeToo and excluded Black men on those panels and in those sessions despite Black men reporting the highest rates of sexual assault in the United States.[*]

At a certain point we have to realize—its just built that way. You don’t care about most Black people, esp. Black men and boys.

Professor Curry’s remarks prompt consideration of what the institutions of academic philosophy should be doing in regard to issues facing black men and boys. Discussion of this is welcome, as are pointers to existing and planned work and events on these matters.

(*In response to questions from others about this claim, Curry points to The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey and his article, “Expendables for Whom: Terry Crews and the Erasure of Black Male Victims of Sexual Assault and Rape“.)

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